Summer Dinner on the Farm
July 26th, 2014

The Skagit Valley is noted for some of the best farmland in the world. “Celebrate Skagit ~ Dinner on the Farm” offers guests an elegant dining experience in a unique agricultural setting. Each dinner showcases and celebrates the bounty of food and produce grown in and around the Skagit Valley. A renowned local chef will prepare fresh local ingredients for this one-of-a-kind, field-to-plate, elegant dining experience for 50 guests in a rustic setting. Your evening will begin with appetizers and a tour of the host farm. Then, an incredible four-course dinner paired with Washington Wines will be served at a beautiful tablescape. The experience is unparalleled and will leave you with a supreme appreciation of the bounty that is produced in one of the last fully functioning agricultural valleys in the Puget Sound.

Location:
Hedlin Family Farm, 12052 Chilberg Road, La Conner, WA 98257

Our Summer Dinner on the Farm will be held in the Hedlin family historic barn which was built in 1929 and is surrounded by a picturesque landscape.

Hedlin Farms is a 3rd and 4th Generation family farm. They farm close to 400 acres split between organic and conventional production near the mouth of the Skagit River, just outside the town of La Conner.  They have been farming here since their (great) grandfather, Rasmus Koudal, came over from Denmark in 1906.   When he reached the Skagit Valley it looked enough like Denmark to call home and the family has remained here ever since.

Dave Hedlin & Serena Campbell took up farming on the family land in 1974, growing fresh market cauliflower and broccoli, peas, pickling cucumbers, and beet, spinach, & cabbage seed. The farm produces about 40 crops of more than 100 different varieties for their farmstand, CSA subscription program, farmers markets, local restaurants, and wholesale buyers including: cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, snap peas, heirloom, cherry, and beefsteak tomatoes, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, pumpkins, onions, squash, strawberries, and swiss chard, to name just a few.  Hedlin’s Family Farm is committed to the long-term stewardship of its land and waters, the health of its workers, and to growing the highest quality produce the Magic Skagit has to offer.

Time:
Appetizers and Farm Tours 5:00-6:00 pm
Dinner begins at 6:00 pm

Our Chef:
Chef Georgia Johnson has spent most of her life working with food. Her experience is diverse – from a formal apprenticeship in a French restaurant, to owning her own catering business, to her current work providing healthy, balanced meals and teaching culinary elective courses to La Conner school children. Georgia has transformed the La Conner school lunch program from one providing low-cost processed foods to one offering nutritious balanced meals with an emphasis on sourcing from local farms. Her expertise in creating delicious meals from seasonal local produce makes her a perfect fit for Dinner on the Farm.

Menu:
Appetizer
Golden Glen Creamery Fresh Fromage Herbed Selections
Homemade Crackers featuring Hedlin Farms Wheat
Freshly harvested Pickled Vegetables
Carrot/Ginger Sushi 

Soup
Fresh Cucumber and Yogurt Soup with Mint and Strawberry Preserve

Salad
Roasted Hedlin Farms Beefsteak Tomato with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and Homemade Ricotta Cheese, fresh Basil, atop a toasted Bread Farm Baguette

 Entree
Lemon and Garlic Roasted Pork Loin with Apricot and Apple Preserve
Poached New Potatoes

 Dessert
Caramelized Skagit Berries folded with fresh Whipped Cream, atop a perfectly ripe Apricot, nestled in a slightly toasted Meringue with a Chocolate garnish.</center>

Attire:
Dinners take place rain or shine. Plan to dress for all weather conditions and terrain. Comfortable shoes, jeans and jackets are recommended. Some areas of the farm are not handicap accessible due to rugged terrain.

*Due to the seasonal nature of our menu, special dietary needs cannot be accommodated. Must be 21 or older to attend.

For more information call (360) 336-3974. Dinners are created, provided, prepared, and served by SPF Volunteers dedicated to the mission of farmland preservation. All proceeds benefit Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland. www.skagitonians.org

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